Meet Ralphie, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Up this week: Ralphie, a small, speedy pup who looks a whole lot like Santa Claus thanks, in large part, to his long white beard. Unlike Santa, he doesn’t call the North Pole — or anywhere, actually — home, so he’s looking for one. Below, learn more about him and how you can take him home for the holidays.

Name: Ralphie

Age: 2 to 4 years

Breed: Shih Tzu mix

Weight: 16 pounds

Background: Ralphie was found as a stray. He had clearly been on his own for a while, and he had to be shaved because his fur was so matted. His fur is growing back nicely, but he needs a sweater on colder days.

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Ralphie and a new donkey friend.

Running style: Ralphie may not look like a runner, but he’s quite speedy — and social! He slows down to greet just about anyone he meets on the street.

Why Ralphie is awesome: Ralphie is a charmer who would be happy to curl up with your other dogs, cats, or older kids. He even likes sheep and donkeys! This Ralphie may not want a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas (Catch that A Christmas Story reference, did ya?), but he sure could use a home.

You can find out more about Ralphie (and other adoptable animals) here. If you are interested in adopting him, you can email PAWS at, call them at 215-298-9680, ext. 16 or fill out an application here. And for more awww-worthy photos, check out our previous adoptable running dogs here.


We work with The Monster Milers each and every week to profile local running dogs waiting to be adopted. The Monster Milers are a group of runners who help shelter dogs burn off  energy and get much-needed exercise by taking them on runs around the city, and they also just launched their first-of-it’s-kind Adopt a Running Buddy foster program. If you’re not in the market for a pup right now, but would still love to help out homeless dogs, you can always become a Monster Miler volunteer or foster parent. Find out more about how to get started with those processes here

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